—There’s finally an opening endgame for Flamingo Rum Club, the highly-anticipated 1920s Cuba-inspired rum bar, cabaret lounge and eatery by Phil Stefani and Adolfo Garcia in River North. The public will finally be able to sip 100 rums, eat mini-Cuban sandwiches and watch cabaret routines on Dec. 7, according to UrbanDaddy. Stay tuned for more.
—Here’s another major honor for Grant Achatz: elitist private jet magazine Elite Traveler named the Alinea mastermind one of the five most influential chefs of the nextdecade. His co-honorees are David Chang, Dominique Crenn, Daniel Humm and Josh Skenes.
—No matter how cold it gets this winter, most North Siders will still be able to eat fish like they’re in Hawaii. Aloha Poke, the line-inducing growing raw fish bowl restaurant, now delivers from its Lakeview location east to west from Lake Shore Drive to Western Avenue, and north to south from Montrose Avenue to Division Street.
—In a first since the presidential election but part of a long-running movement, Fight For $15 minimum wage protests broke out in many cities across the country yesterday, and Chicago was one of its epicenters. The Sun-Times reports on many in Chicago, including major protest hubs outside the McDonald’s at 2005 W. Chicago Ave. and at O’Hare, and Eater National rounds up scenes around the United States. 55 people were arrested at Chicago protests yesterday, the most of any city, according to Reuters.
—How much Portillo’s can you eat in one year? In what may be a perfect holiday gift for the glutton in your life, for about $1 a day, you can get mass amounts of the chain’s Chicago-style street foods delivered to your home every two months, no matter what state you're in. Packages include 10-packs of hot dogs fully dressed with all the Chicago-style toppings, enough Italian beef and bread for eight sandwiches, and a chocolate cake with do-it-yourself frosting. More info here.
—And finally, an unusual arrest happened at a suburban restaurant yesterday. A Des Plaines man made the Arlington Heights police blotter after barging into the kitchen at a restaurant in the suburb and demanding to cook his own meal, according to a police report in the Pioneer Press. After he was denied he proceeded to take a swing at a cook after wrapping his wristwatch around his fist. The report didn't specify the name of the restaurant.